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“And you, are you for or against Artificial Intelligence? “

Since I started to get interested and during my years of research, I was asked different questions about artificial intelligence “What is it? It’s used for ? What are you looking for in labs? … ” The latest and the title “And you, are you for or against Artificial Intelligence? “Particularly appealed to me. It must be admitted that it can be disconcerting for a researcher to be asked whether he is for or against his discipline. “Oh, you’re a physics researcher. And are you for or against physics? ”

This is close to another current issue that has been asked me recently.

Q: “Are you for or against yellow vests? “.

A: “Ben, it’s rather useful to signal his presence on a road frequented by cars. On the other hand, yellow is not my color. ”

This type of question is waiting for a binary answer, for a problem that is not. This is obviously the dream of any computer that respects itself to reduce a complex problem to a binary response. Humans will agree that solutions to social issues should not be binary. Unfortunately, we sometimes persist in waiting for a quick and simple answer to a subject, on which the common good is to linger.

Q: “Genetics, are you for or against? ”

A: “I am for, as long as it respects my ethics and against when it does not respect it. ”

Q: “Oh yes, I too think like you! Uh wait, what’s your ethics? ”

Our interest in a subject depends a lot on the impact it can have on us. This must be one of the reasons why many people are interested in AI. The AI ​​is primarily a field of research. Like computer science, it is transversal. That is to say that it could be brought to concern practically all the trades or fields (in comment you can try to quote a profession to which the IA could not bring solutions in the future.). So everyone is concerned. Moreover, the media, the GAFAM and the national strategies remind us quite often. Just like digital, it’s going fast and the technologies that emerge from it are impacting us every day more and more. In our modes of work, consumption, exchange, societal choices and even in our comforters (ndlr smartphone in English) who accompany us, follow us or hunt us, wherever we go.

Q: “By the way, what’s the point of sharing his position on his smartphone? ”

A: “Your friends can know where you are in real time. To end up in the city is convenient. Recently, it allowed a group to be rescued in the mountains. By cons, I have a jealous friend who uses it to flirt his girlfriend. ”

Q: “And so all the routes and places you’ve been to in the year are recorded somewhere?”

A: “Yes, on servers I suppose. ”

Q: “Can only your friends or contacts access it? ”

R: “That I do not know. Anyway, who else would it interest? ”

What is fascinating about new technologies is the speed with which society adopts them. What is scary is that there is rarely a record that comes with it. You know with the mentions, use, important, precaution, attention, avoid, do not use in case of

AI is neither good nor bad. It can be used in a good or bad way. It can be applied for good or bad reasons. That’s why before adopting one of its technologies it is essential to understand how it can serve or serve.

This intelligence, which is called artificial, born directly from human intelligence. The fruit and usufruct of this intelligence depend on ethics and deontology, on those who create them, and on those who use them.

AI is based on a body of human knowledge that creates innovations that generate enthusiasm and / or concern. “Am I, for or against, the innovations of AI?” It depends, I am for those who are used to the early detection of diseases and to better support the frail people, to assist the human in daunting tasks, painful or dangerous, to reduce our energy borrowing and to better organize our transport, to fight against exclusion and precariousness.

I am against lethal autonomous weapons, against the analysis of behaviors for political, social or commercial manipulation, against its use when it recreates human biases or intensifies the social gap.

Above all, I am against the control of AI by a minority, as has been the case with previous industrial revolutions.

I am for a society prepared for the challenges of AI. A society able to appropriate and understand it. This supposes going beyond a passive use. To give the means to everyone to better understand what these technologies have to offer us, and especially what they can deprive us. To know what should excite us and what should worry us. Only a broad understanding of what is and what AI allows, will provide the awareness of getting the best out of it for our societies.

Whatever science is: Science without consciousness is only ruin of the soul. (Pantagruel, Rabelais)

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AMP innovation network meeting: defining the word “meaning”.

En quête du “sens” !

Rendez-vous le Jeudi 13 Décembre à 18 heures, au C-In à Aix-en-Pce, pour rencontrer 4 personnalités de l’écosystème de l’innovation de la Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence, qui viendront vous parler du “sens” et ses multiples facettes.

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Rencontre exceptionnelle autour de la thématique du Sens !

Jeudi 13 décembre à 18 heures au C-In, 100 rue des bœufs Aix-en-Pce

4 interviews de personnalités de l’écosystème de l’innovation de la Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence.

Performance « Judo-Musique » par THEIA en fin d’évènement !

Accueillis par Laure Boillot, Directrice du C-in, l’espace collaboratif du 100, rue des Boeufs à Aix-en-Provence, nous pourrons échanger autour des multiples facettes du « sens » avec :

  • Pascale Colé, Professeure des Universités, fondatrice et directrice du Master de Psychologie Cognitive qui présentera avec quelques-uns de ses étudiants les extraordinaires outils de la psychologie cognitive !
  • Driss Sadoun, Chercheur associé ERTIM/INALCO, porteur de PostLab, plateforme mutualisée d’intelligence artificielle qui nous présentera son projet en cours de développement pour mettre l’Intelligence Artificielle à la portée de toutes et tous !
  • Nathalie VANFASSE, Directrice du Master d’Anglais – « Aire Culturelle du Monde Anglo-Saxon » de l’Université d’Aix-Marseille viendra avec ses étudiants présenter son expérience : « L’école du sens dans la traduction sociale ».
  • Diego AUDEMARD, fondateur de l’espace de co-working CARAVAN CoWork, Jas de Bouffan à Aix, co-fondateur de THEIA – Consulting et Coaching nous parlera de son expérience internationale au service du sens dans l’entreprise avec les intervenants accompagnant les co-workers de CaravanCoWork !www.caravancowork.in/
  • Enfin, THEIA présentera une mise en scène de la notion de Sens dans l’entreprise, le monde du sport et le domaine artistique. Sens, objectifs et performance prendront forme l’espace de quelques minutes !

Pour plus d’informations sur la rencontre et le C-In : https://c-in.fr/event/rencontre-exceptionnelle-autour-du-sens/

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MultiTAL platform

MultiTAL is an expert platform for Natural Language Processing (NLP), a sub-discipline of artificial intelligence. This platform is focused on Oriental languages and other poorly endowed languages in general. MultiTAL references and documents a selection of NLP tools that have been tested and documented by INALCO’s ERTIM team (“Text, Computing and Multilingualism” research center).

MultiTAL allows you to quickly identify and install a tool based on multiple criteria (task, language, system, method, etc.).
For each tool, a standardized multilingual documentation describing its installation and execution is generated automatically.

The documentation follows a standardized protocol that is independent of the authors’ documentation and can be generated in multiple languages. The platform is updated regularly. In addition to being available online, an ontology describing the different tools can be queried using a SPARQL endpoint.

The project was funded by the USPC and is supported by the ERTIM of INALCO. For any information, question or suggestion, contact the ERTIM team.

Contributors :

Karim Daflaoui ( Arabic)
Satenik Mkhitaryan (Russian, Hindi) Catherine Thomas (Chinese)
Mathilde Poulain (Japanese) Léon-Paul Schaub (Japanese) Tashi Kyi ( Tibetan)

Protocol of documentation: Satenik Mkhitaryan
Modelling and development of the ontology – generation of multilingual documentations: Driss Sadoun
Web interface and database: Adrien Fanet

Scientific consultants: Jean-Michel Daube, Marie-Anne Moreaux, Damien Nouvel, François Stuck

Scientific person in charge: Mathieu Valette

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PostLab enters Marseille Innovation

PostLab joins the technological hotel of the Marseille Innovation incubator, the largest incubator of innovative companies in PACA in accelerating innovative projects. Since innovation involves pooling energy, large groups and young companies alike have combined their strength in Marseille Innovation’s business incubator. In this bustling environment, the keen interest for open innovation and technological knowledge  of well-established companies combine well with the agility and adaptability of newly established start-ups.

Located at the Marseille Provence Technopole in Château-Gombert, the incubator supports and hosts entrepreneurs from the digital, engineering and more largely the service world sectors. It offers a privileged work space and provides solutions to the challenges where innovative entrepreneurship and quality of life meet, facilitating exchange between companies, the research world and higher education.

From now on, with the support of this incubator, PostLab will be able to go forward !


PostLab joins Boreal Innovation

PostLab becomes a memeber of the co-op Boréal Innovation, a business and employment cooperative in the digital, communication and multimedia sectors. Boréal Innovation’s mission is to strengthen the entrepreneurial culture, creativity and technological innovation, in order to foster the emergence of entrepreneurs with potential for growth and jobs in the digital industry.

Thanks to the help of Boréal Innovation, PostLab takes a major step forxard towards evolving its activity.

PostLab enters the Impulse incubator

PostLab enters Impulse, an inter-university incubator aimed at stimulating innovative projects stemming from public research and promoting open innovation.

The incubator Impulse offers support for project leaders. This personalized support first takes place in the pre-incubation phase, then in the incubation phase (two years), as well as in the post-incubation phase depening on the means and specific needs of the creators.

With the support of Impulse PostLab is committed to making a difference in the AI research world!

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Open AI workshop

As part of the AI month, AI research is coming out of the labs! Entrepreneurs, coders, curious with or without AI experience, take part in this exceptional workshop and discover software derived from research.

This workshop is organized by Postlab and LICA. Open AI will be an opportunity to see how the use and combination of different AI tools (usually inaccessible) can lead to use that promote the common good and what researchers would not necessarily have thought of. This event will be a beginning of reflection on how to create links/bridges between public research and civil society. For more information and to register follow this link.

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As part of the AI month, AI research is coming out of the labs! Entrepreneurs, coders, curious with or without AI experience, take part in this exceptional workshop and discover software derived from research.




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